Interview With James Deen

From the interview with James Deen of Port Townsend, WA conducted by Mona Lou Stefflre at the Fort Worden History Center on May 15, 2003.  Mr. Deen served in the US Army at the early warning radar site atop Artillery Hill in Fort Worden from 1959 to 1961, when he was reassigned to Site 93 Nike Hercules in Kingston, WA for three years.  Here he describes an incident that occurred during his time in Kingston:

“Fort Worden was a dream, but you went from a dream to a nightmare there.  There was a battery commander, Captain J.F.C., who was just absolutely terrible.  Kingston was considered Stalag 93.  We were on a missile site and we had 24 hours on and 24 hours off, but you got a lot more on than off.  I was a buck sergeant.  One time, I was getting ready to leave shift in the morning and take my crew with me.  There had been a hail storm with a tremendous amount of hail.  The platoon leader, Lieutenant Butler let me know that before I could leave, the Captain had said that there was white stuff all over his lawn and we had to get rid of it.  So we got these big old street brooms and we were out sweeping the damn hail off the grass because this idiot didn’t want white stuff on his grass. That’s just an example of the kind of person we were dealing with there.”

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